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Live Streaming to Assist in Young-Onset Dementia Diagnoses

The program is a collaboration between The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Memory Services, Huntington’s Victoria and Dementia Australia.

Telehealth uses technology to allow patients, who are deemed clinically appropriate, to have video appointments with specialists using their own smartphone, tablet or computer.

Professor Dennis Velakoulis, Director of the Neuropsychiatry unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital said on average, people with YOD experience delay in diagnosis of up to 5 years, and have frequently seen numerous medical specialists prior to getting a referral.

“Timely diagnosis is critical to ensure early intervention, adequate treatment and the ability to plan for the future,” Prof Dennis Velkaoulis said.

In 2013 the Department of Health and Human Services established a new Telehealth Unit to drive the uptake of telehealth in Victorian public health services. Stating the practice when appropriate can be a  a cost-effective, real-time and convenient alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing healthcare, professional advice, and education.

With the ability to remove many of the barriers currently experienced by health consumers and professionals, such as distance, time and cost, which can prevent or delay the delivery of timely and appropriate healthcare services and educational support.

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